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Wilton 5th Graders Win Football Crown

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Blue 5th grade team won its third straight championship in the Fairfield County Football League with a 22-6 victory over top-seeded New Canaan Saturday at Dunning Field.

Wilton (10-1) also won league championships as third and fourth graders. Kyle Phillips ran for two touchdowns for Wilton, and Thomas Costello’s interception return late in the game sealed the win as the Warriors handed New Canaan (10-1) its first loss of the season.

New Canaan took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 30-yard touchdown run. Wilton answered in the second quarter when Phillips scored on a 2-yard run and the Warriors kicked the extra point for an 8-6 halftime lead. Phillips’ long run set up the touchdown as he found running room behind the powerful offensive line of Richard Nolan, Jack Ferguson, Malcolm MacGregor, Matt King and Matt Graham. Tyler Previte and Andrew Luciano also helped spark a strong Wilton running attack.

Richard Nolan, Dean DiNanno Max Colburn and Joey Seaman led a strong defense as the Warriors started to take control of the game. The third quarter was marked by more strong defensive play as Billy Ronk had two tackles and Jonnie Wu found his way into the New Canaan backfield a couple of times. Nicholas Koenigsberger and Andrew Santacroce both made nice defensive plays. Wilton also got good play in the quarter on the offensive side of the ball as Jiffy Lesica won his battles on the offensive line and Liam Jenkins, Ben Grass and Cole Barnes delivered big blocks. 

Wilton put the game away in the fourth quarter. After being denied on three runs from the 4-yard line, Wilton finally punched it in as Phillips leaped into the end zone to put the Warriors up 14-6.

Colburn’s sack helped stop New Canaan’s next drive, which ended with a fumble recovered by DiNanno. New Canaan held and got the ball back with one final chance at a game-tying drive. Costello ended the threat with his interception return. He broke three tackles and raced in for the score, and the Warriors tacked on the extra point.

Wilton ended the season on a six-game winning streak after suffering a 6-0 loss to Fairfield on Sept. 18. Wilton outscored opponents 40-6 in three playoff games, and for the season outscored opponents 190-40. Wilton allowed just five touchdowns all season and posted six shutouts. The team is coached by Chris Previte and Bill Ronk.

Wilton won three of six age groups in the youth football league, and another team lost in the championship game.

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